From piano bars and Filipino bands to opera and international pop concerts, Abu Dhabi has plenty of 'what's on' to show off on your 'WhatsApp'. Most entertainment takes place in hotels and malls, but there are a couple of purpose-built venues of international standard on Yas Island where big-ticket celebs draw the crowds.

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Hotel Music

  • Giornotte Piano music accompanies the city's favourite brunch at the Ritz-Carlton.
  • Chameleon A resident DJ vies with the mixologist to provide the best entertainment at the Fairmont.
  • Cristal The old world charm is matched by old world piano at the Millennium.

Stage Craft

  • Abu Dhabi Classics Ballet, opera and classical concerts with renowned orchestras are staged in the Emirates Palace auditorium.
  • Empire at Rush Slip into something black or red and enjoy the Friday cabaret.
  • Du Arena A key destination for many international artists on their world tours.

For Bands & DJs

For 3D & 4D Experiences

  • Mad on Yas Island This contemporary dance space with its graffiti shell and 3D projections attracts top-name DJs.
  • Vox Cinemas At the Marina and at Yas Malls, regular screenings of 3D and 4D films make for a sensory experience.
  • Novo Cinemas A popular Abu Dhabi Mall cinema showing Hollywood films.